We left home at 10:00 am on Saturday, January 26th, en route Erie. I did not like traveling on either Follett Run Road or Preston Road, both of which were snow covered and hilly. The road surface for the remainder of our drive to Erie was good. We drove to the following destinations, while in Erie: Presque Isle State Park. Cheddars Scratch Kitchen, Best Buy and Sam’s Club.
Arriving at Presque Isle State Park, we drove around the peninsula, making a few stops along the way.
Soon after entering the park, we noticed the trees were coated with white snow.
We saw the new emergency intake tower, which often is mistaken for a lighthouse, at the Waterworks area. Bob and I have always referred to the tower as a lighthouse. I told Bob that the lighthouse was in a different spot, when we first saw it. Bob said no it wasn’t. I said yes it is. Well, I am right. I have photographic and written proof!
The old Waterworks Lighthouse was removed in late 2017. It is believed that the emergency intake tower was installed in the early 1900s. The valve apparatus has not been operational for decades,
The newly restored and repainted lighthouse was installed in September 2018. It is located to the left of the original lighthouse and quite a bit forward of the sign seen in the photograph displayed above. It was installed on land, not on water. Donations helped to pay for the $80,000 project, with $50,000 coming from the Dan and Sallie Shipley Charitable Fund.
Jayme, one of Bob’s coworkers, told Bob that he would be ice fishing on either Misery Bay or Horseshoe Pond. We planned to walk across the ice to where Jayme was fishing. As it turned out, Jayme didn’t go to Presque Isle to ice fish, as he had heard that the ice wasn’t good. There were some ice fishing huts both on Misery Bay and Horseshoe Pond.
This houseboat with a replica of the North Pier Lighthouse is my favorite of all the houseboats on Horseshoe Pond.
Continuing around Presque Isle we stopped at the Waterworks area, located across Peninsula Drive from where we had stopped earlier to admire the new Waterworks Lighthouse. We were on the lake side of the peninsula.
Today was Snow Day at Presque Isle State Park. At the event, organized by the Presque Isle Partnership, visitors could enjoy everything from dog sled and snow show demonstrations, to outdoor cooking and ice fishing. Our interest in stopping at this event was to see a dog sled demonstration, which we did.
Bob captured video of the dog sled demonstration, while I captured still images. Bob’s video is short, only a little over a minute. So please do click on the play button!
Shortly before the dog sled demo we petted one of the Siberian Huskies, a beautiful girl named Meeka. She was really soft! Meeka was the lead dog in the dog sled demonstration that we watched.
From Presque Isle State Park we drove to Cheddars Scratch Kitchen, where we ate lunch. Bob ordered from the “Lighter Side”. The entree Bob chose was bourbon-glazed grilled salmon over seasoned rice, broccoli cheese casserole and a house salad. I ordered from “Comfort Food”. My entree was homemade chicken pot pie with a house salad. We enjoyed both of our meals.
From Cheddars we drove to Best Buy. In June 2017 I purchased a 10.5 in. 256 GB iPad Pro tablet. At the time I was in a quandary. Do I buy the 10.5 in. tablet or the bigger, more expensive 12.9 in. tablet. I chose the 10.5 in. tablet because I thought the larger tablet would be too big for me. In hindsight, I should have purchased the 12.9 in. tablet. Well, today, I purchased a new 12.9 in. 256 GB iPad Pro tablet, along with a Smart Keyboard case and Apple Pencil. The Smart Keyboard case was not in stock. I am expecting delivery of the Smart Keyboard case by Tuesday, Jan. 29th. The new Apple Pencil attaches magnetically to my iPad, a feature that I love. So, I am a happy owner of a new iPad Pro tablet! I plan to sell my 10.5 in. iPad Pro, along with its keyboard and pencil, as a package in the near future.
From Best Buy we drove to Sam’s Club, where we picked up a few groceries. We renewed our Sam’s Club membership in December last year, after allowing the membership to lapse a few months prior when Sam’s Club closed in Jamestown, NY. The Sam’s Club in Erie is farther for us to drive than it was for us to go to Sam’s Club in Jamestown. After several months without a membership, we decided that we go to Erie often enough that a Sam’s Club membership would be worthwhile. Besides I miss some of the foods and paper products that we would buy at Sam’s Club. The reason for driving to Erie on Saturday was to go to Sam’s Club.
From Sam’s Club we made our way back home. I didn’t believe snow was in Saturday’s forecast. Well, it snowed the whole way back home!